There are some alternatives to pick from when it comes to shipping freight. However, each method of transport can be helpful, it really depends on the business goals, type of freight, dimensions, and a few other considerations. Before plunging into the complex world of freight transportation, you can familiarize yourself with the two main modes of transport: full truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL).
What Is Full Truckload Shipping?
Truckload loading means the freight occupies a truck’s trailer’s maximum size. Full truck shipping is the most common mode of transport, with an estimated US full truckload market of $950 billion. Carriers often transfer freight for big businesses, manufacturers, and retailers alike.
What Is Less than Truckload Shipping?
Unlike truckload loading, less-than-truckload shipping means you use the trailer storage partly and share the net expense of the load with other shippers. Compared to other shipping types, the market for less than truckloads is limited, though it is common among limited businesses and individual shippers. This approach provides much more stability and other advantages for small shippers relative to TL shipping.